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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami

 

By: Astha Raghav. 

Pushkar Singh Dhami (born 16 September 1975) is an Indian politician and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party serving as the 11th and the current Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.Dhami is a member of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly from the Khatima constituency in Udham Singh Nagar district.

Dhami was born in a Kumaoni Rajput family in the Tundi village of Pithoragarh district.His ancestral village is Harkhola, Pithoragarh. His family moved to Tundi village where he studied till 5th standard after that they moved to Nagla Tarai Bhabar, Khatima. His father was in the army and retired as a Subedar.

He has graduated from Lucknow University in Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations and pursued LL.B from University of Lucknow. He has also served as an adviser and officer on special duty to now Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari when the latter became chief minister of Uttarakhand in 2001.

Dhami started his political career in the year 1990 with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He also served as the state president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha till 2008. During this time, he was credited for asserting the state government to reserve 70% of opportunities for the local youth in industries of the state.
On 3 July 2021, he was sworn-in as the 10th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, after the resignation of Tirath Singh Rawat due to political crisis regarding his legitimacy to hold the post and assumed office on 4 July 2021. Pushkar Singh Dhami worked as a political adviser to former CM Bhagat Singh Koshyari. He became the youngest Chief Minister of Uttarakhand at the age of 45.

After Dhami took over as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand in 2021, one of his 2015 tweets became viral on social media in which he shares his notional map of ‘Akhand Bharat’ which includes neighboring countries, but its erroneous stance was conspicuous as it omitted Ladakh and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The image of Bharat Mata was at the center of the saffron map, which carried the caption “Akhand Bharat — the desire of every Rashtrabhakt" (nationalist). 

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